I'd hate to say this, but I'm really getting sick of DaimlerChrysler and their so called "5 star" dealerships. With 51k miles, I have to get a new (rebuilt) transmission and there's no way around paying for it. The dealership won't have anything to do with me if I'm not showing any interest in trading it in and the service center basically hung up on me after discussing it for about 15 minutes. Basically, he says the when the warranty expires, it's done. He said that he sees transmissions go out with 250 miles on it, engines going out with just a couple thousand miles on them. If this is the new standard that Chrysler bases all of it's decisions on in terms of helping people, then I really don't want anything to do with them. Apparently they are so use to seeing parts fail so early, that I guess I am lucky to have had my car for this long. With technology getting better, why is the quality getting worse? I have driven nothing but mopars and this is the thanks that I get. With each newer chrysler I drive, the overall quality gets worse. Maybe it's just my bad karma? Maybe I'm one of the very few with this type of problem? Either way, I am sick of it. No offense towards Ottowrkr... I don't know if he deals with the transmissions or not, but I cannot believe that with all the problems these transmissions have, DC just can't get it right. And on top of that, they don't back their customers at all. I tried the DC customer service line and it has had a busy signal for the last hour. I guess I'll just write them a letter since the service tech at the dealership said they won't have anything to do with me anyways since I bought a used car. I guess a chrysler car is no longer a chrysler car after it changes hands more than once. This is just my 2 cents... Hopefully someone has had the same problem as me so I don't feel singled out here. All in all, there is absolutely NO reason for a transmission to go out at 51k miles especially when I have checked the fluid levels constantly with no evidence of trouble and I have not beat on my car like some people do... and I'm sure those that do beat on their cars have better luck than me.